If Architecture is the science and art designing buildings then Interior Architecture is the science and art of designing interiors. This is far more than simple interior design which is concerned with the selection of finishes, colours, materials, furniture, fixtures and fittings. Interior Architecture can involve the design or redesign of internal space, enclosure, services and structure. The interior architect therefore needs to have a thorough understanding of building construction, the building regulations, building services and a flair for design. As a practice we believe that the interiors of a building should be an integral part of its architectural character. We find that the most successful projects are those where we are able to design the building and the interiors together as an integrated whole.
As a practice and as individuals we have been involved in many interior projects. Ainsley Lawton is a chartered designer and teaches interior architecture at our local college.
The practice is currently involved in the internal alteration and redecoration of number of churches and dwellings. A project to refurbish and re-fit Newcastle-under-Lyme Post Office is also underway.
Job Centre Plus
Whilst working together at their former practice Philip Wootton and Ainsley Lawton worked on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Job Centre Plus roll out refurbishment program. This involved the internal alteration, fit out and space planning of over 70 buildings. A design manual was closely followed to ensure consistent branding across all sites.
Whilst with their former practice Philip and Ainsley designed the new performing arts building for Alsager School. Ainsley worked closely with the client to develop internal finishes and colour schemes to create a bright and vibrant atmosphere. Ainsley was also responsible whilst with his former practice for the fit out and redesign of the internal spaces at the Alsager School refectory.